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For all the moves the Chicago Blackhawks have to make, trading Brandon Saad didn't seem like it'd be one of them. Until Tuesday. Chicago sent Saad, one of the best young forwards i...(full article)

The oft-repeated line about Friday's NHL draft was that the proceedings would really begin with pick No. 3. That's because there was little doubt who would be taken with the first ...(full article)

No. 1-rated NHL draft candidate Connor McDavid is expected to have a Sidney Crosby-like impact and No. 2-rated player Jack Eichel is considered the best American center prospect si...(full article)

On Wednesday, the NHL's Board of Governors voted to authorize a formal process to evaluate expansion proposals. That's a complicated way of saying: We could get a new city with pro...(full article)

So now, it begins. After years of deflecting, dismissing and otherwise discouraging all talk about possible expansion, the NHL board of governors gave commissioner Gary Bettman ...(full article)

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